|Part I—Introduction |
|1 ||Whatever next for the world economy? || |
- Do you think that the world faces a major economic and financial crisis?
- What strategies are industrialized countries using to counteract the crisis?
- How will this affect the prospects for various kinds of globalization?
|2 ||Freer markets, more rules? Rethinking regulation in our global economy || |
- Do you agree that national borders no longer matter?
- Is globalization an economic or political phenomenon? Who are the winners and losers from globalization?
- What role should/could government play in mitigating risk for business?
|Part II—Varieties of Market Economies |
|3 ||Liberal market economies—The United States || |
- What are the key features of the US political economy that shape business behavior in this country?
- What are the politics and economics of reform in the US system?
|4 ||State-driven development—Singapore || |
- How do you account for Singapore's success? In economics? In politics?
- What were the sources of its growth?
- Do you recommend Singapore Inc. as a model for other developing countries?
- Does the crisis of 2007–2009 make Singapore's model more or less appealing to other countries?
|5 ||Emerging markets/uncertain rules—Africa || |
- Why did Botswana succeed? How does one define success?
- Does the success of Botswana offer useful lessons for other developing countries?
|Part III—Beyond the Nation State? Who is Making the New Rules? |
|6 ||The politics of trade || |
- Is Bombardier engaging in "unfair" competition? If so, how? If not, why not?
- Why are the governments of Brazil and Canada involved in this industry?
|7 ||Intellectual property protection || |
- What are the economic issues here?
- What are the ethical issues?
- Which should prevail: economics or ethics?
|8 ||The rise of emerging markets—reaching where? || |
- Has China already become the world's dominant economic power?
- Will the renminbi become the primary reserve currency?
- What does the US need to do, in order to restore its position in the world?
|9 ||Global business and human rights || |
- Has Unocal violated any laws or norms as a result of its participation in the Yadana project?
- What responsibility, if any, do global corporations have for people in countries where human rights are not fully protected? What can companies do?
|10 ||Non-government organizations (NGOs) and private non-market action || |
- Why did Shell get itself in such a mess over the Brent Spar situation?
- How should private companies engage with non-governmental stakeholders?
|11 ||Rebuilding the global economic system || |
- Can we continue to rely on the same global framework for trade and finance?
- What would a new or substantially reformed system look like?
- What is actually more likely to happen, in terms of changing the global system? How is this affected or determined by national institutions?
|12 ||In-class final exam || |